Printers are the 6th largest industry within the UK with over 300,000 employees working in over 15,000 printing companies.
Every year, the printing industry reports approximately 1,200 work related accidents to the Health and Safety Executive, with over 200 of these accidents being classified as major injuries such as fractures, breaks and amputations. The three most common types of accidents reported are from contact with print machinery, manual handling activities and slips and trips.
Print workers are also exposed to a range of hazardous substances, including chemicals during the course of their work, resulting in many ill-health complaints and in particular dermatitis. In fact the Health and Safety Executive estimated annual average incident rate for printers between 2003 and 2005 was 18 new cases of dermatitis per 100,000 printers.
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Typical services our health and safety consultants provide include:
Undertaking risk assessments of the print work-shop activities; for example: The use of print machinery and equipment, your workplace transport arrangements for receipt and delivery and movement of stock with forklift trucks, and the use of hazardous substances, including chemicals during the course of your work.
Ensuring that health and safety training plans are formulated for high-risk elements of the business and are subsequently reviewed and updated on a periodic basis.
Ensuring that all relevant print shop machinery and equipment is subject to any relevant statutory inspections and routine maintenance, and that all the relevant safety features are in place such as guarding and emergency stops.
At Mentor our health and safety in the printing industry consultants want to provide the necessary instruction and training for employers and employees who run and work in print workshops, ranging from companies who serve a local market and those that have national contracts. Our intention is to help printers manage their own health and safety arrangements in safer, healthier and more proactive ways.